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Great Expectations
(1998)
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Composed and Co-Produced by:

Conducted by:
David Snell

Orchestrated by:
Lawrence Ashmore

Co-Produced by:
Maggie Rodford
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Atlantic Records
(January 6th, 1998)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you have an open mind for Patrick Doyle's most diverse score, ranging from a monumental operatic aria to percussively cool rhythms under alluring female vocals.

Avoid it... if you require a strong sense of cohesion in your scores, because Great Expectations is a stylistic whirlwind.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #227
WRITTEN 1/19/98, REVISED 3/28/08
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Great Expectations: (Patrick Doyle) Whether director Alfonso Cuaron succeeded in translating Charles Dickens' classic tale to modern day America remains debated, though the film separates itself from similar attempts in Romeo + Juliet and Clueless with Cuaron's thought-provoking loyalty to the original story. Fans of the more famous David Lean version from 1946 could be horrified, however, and poor chemistry between leads is a major disappointment. A lack of clear identity did not only plague the performances by Ethan Hawke and Gwyneth Paltrow, but also haunts composer Patrick Doyle's score for the film as well. Both Great Expectations and Quest for Camelot came at a time of personal hardship for Doyle. The composer's battle with leukemia made these scores something of a personal triumph, and while both exist for films that failed to catch the mainstream eye, their standalone qualities made 1998 among the best years the composer has ever had. Both these scores ran into some trouble with the fragmented personalities of their films, and Great Expectations suffered in particular. The production's balance between classical and modern messages about societal mores caused Doyle to attempt perhaps an impossibly equal balance in the score itself. And while his score makes valiant strides towards that end, and it has undeniably attractive highlights on album, it's interesting to speculate about the possible mismatches between some of Doyle stylistic choices and the film itself. The music for Great Expectations is an absolutely serious, almost Shakespearean (appropriately for Doyle) version of Eric Serra's outrageous The Fifth Element from the previous year. Before you claim blasphemy after reading that connection, especially for you Doyle fans who don't want to hear any comparison between his achievements and Serra's, the wild diversity within the score is the primary reason for that comment. Despite the plethora of solid Doyle scores through the years, the composer has rarely touched so many different styles of music in one film. Even in his more flamboyant moments, like Blow Dry or Calendar Girls, fans don't really hear the kind of imaginative stream-of-consciousness that prevails in Great Expectations.



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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 50:19
• 1. Finn - featuring Tori Amos/Carey Wilson (2:54)
• 2. Crossing the Gulf (1:48)
• 3. Paradiso Perduto (2:09)
• 4. Estella's Theme (3:28)
• 5. Ain't Love Grand - featuring John Williams (0:55)
• 6. A Walk in the Park - featuring John Williams/Janis Kelly (1:21)
• 7. I Saw No Shadow of Another Parting (The Aria) - featuring Kiri Te Kanawa (2:38)
• 8. Kissing in the Rain - featuring Miriam Stockley (3:06)
• 9. Joe Leaves - featuring Cyrus Chestnut (1:38)
• 10. The Day All My Dreams Came True (1:30)
• 11. Pyramid of Pain (2:27)
• 12. Planes on a Plane - featuring Janis Kelly (0:46)
• 13. A Toast - featuring John Williams (1:24)
• 14. Benefactor - featuring John Williams (1:33)
• 15. Lustig Dies (3:35)
• 16. Pardiso Perduto Revisited - featuring Carey Wilson (0:44)
• 17. It Was Just My Memory of It - featuring John Williams (2:22)
• 18. The Price of Success - featuring Phil Todd (2:03)
• 19. Underfloor - featuring Miriam Stockley/Phil Todd (2:42)
• 20. Besame Mucho - featuring Cesaria Evora (4:55)
• 21. By the Inch or By the Hour - featuring Cyrus Chestnut (2:42)
• 22. The Big Trip - featuring James Carter/Guy Barker (3:30)

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The insert contains extensive credits and notes from the composer and director (including an entertaining story about Doyle in an Amsterdam piano shop).
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